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Cancer Journal

While cancer affects more than just the physical body, it’s undeniable that it also has a huge impact on one’s physical health. Breast cancer treatment can lead to physical side effects, such as fatigue and pain, which can affect a person’s quality of life.

In addition to physical effects, there are also psychological effects that can have a profound impact. Survivors of breast cancer may experience depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is a very common experience and can be difficult to manage without help from professionals.

Financial difficulties can also be a reality for survivors of breast cancer. Due to expensive treatments and other costs, survivors can find themselves in a difficult financial situation. There are however, a number of organizations that provide financial assistance to those affected by cancer.

It’s important to recognize the many different ways cancer can affect someone’s life. While physical and emotional healing can take time, there are many support systems in place to help breast cancer survivors cope and move forward.
Adjusting to my new body is a challenge that I never expected to face. I had to learn how to be comfortable in my new skin, even though it is totally different from the body I once knew.

It took time to accept the shape that my body had taken and the changes it had been through. I had to learn how to dress differently and find ways to feel attractive and confident. I had to learn how to take care of my new body, such as dealing with scars, pain, and fatigue. The more I embraced and accepted my new body, the more I gained back my self-confidence and started to feel more comfortable in my skin.

I also went through counselling to help manage the psychological effects of my cancer journey. Through talking to someone, I was able to cope better with my emotions and stress. This was key in helping me adjust to my new body.

Having a positive attitude also helped me adjust to my new body. I started to reframe my cancer experience as an opportunity for growth, made sure to show self-compassion, and sought out support from family and friends. This has helped me develop a much healthier relationship with my body and accept my new “normal”.


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